Welcome to our forums! Please introduce yourself :)

Who are you?
Jefro, my online nick since the late 1980s

What is your industry and profession?
Industry: Linux for automotive and embedded systems; I work for Red Hat, a subsidiary of IBM
Profession: Community architect, responsible for open source community engagements and partnerships; I have many years of experience running open source project and communities

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
Personal projects around architecture, modeling in general, and now 3d printing

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it?
I started using Sketchup in 2006 when my wife and I designed a house that we eventually built. It was so illuminating to be able to cast shadows to orient the house, and to test the appearance of various features before building them. I was amazed at the accuracy and precision that the tool enables, and it gave us far more insight than 2d CAD.

Since then I have been using it on and off for a number of projects, including modeling all of our household furntiture :slight_smile:, and I’m just starting into 3d printing and looking forward to using it for specific designs for buildings and possibly vehicles for model train layouts with my son.

How proficient are you in SketchUp? Somewhere between Beginner and Intermediate. I have the basics down, but being self-taught introduces a lot of gaps that I am slowly filling through the wonderful tutorials produced by the Sketchup team. The Friday live modeling sessions are very, very useful in this regard (and also very fun).

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?
Not yet, but I hope to attend in 2022

What is your current set up?
Sketchup Pro 2021 on a Lenovo T14 laptop with 32gb memory, running Windows 10. Most of the time I run Fedora Linux, but I keep a Windows dual-boot partition specifically for running Sketchup.

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?
Not yet, but this is inspiring me to upload the models of which I am most proud :slight_smile:

Anything else you would like to tell us?
What I love most about Sketchup besides the very satisfying tools and tutorials is the vibrant community that the team has built. Between the forums, the Basecamp conference, and the very active youtube channel, I feel like a part of the Sketchup family. As a longtime community manager myself, I know how difficult that is to pull off effectively. Huge kudos to the entire team.

I would love to see some video tutorials focusing on the gratis web version. The currently produced videos are really wonderful, but there are many modelers who use the web version occasionaly or even exclusively, and it would be very positive to include them as well. The web version is very capable but there are definitely tricks to taming it, especially with less than perfect internet connections. I use Linux as my primary desktop and sometimes the web version is the only option if I have an idea I want to sketch, but don’t have time to reboot into Windows.

All the best & looking forward to more learning on Fridays!


I’m a longtime user of Sketchup (Free Versions) . I use it to lay out simple to somewhat complex office layouts (I sell Office Furniture). Finally upgraded to Sketchup Pro to get a few features we would really like to use like importing .dwg files (Done!) (and eventually Layout Pro, but one thing at a time). But I noticed a feature under the “File” selection that says generate report. If I layout a cubicle drawing, it will give me the number of each part I need which will help our warehouse guys tremendously. BUT in my initial experimenting. If I create a lateral file object and that’s it. And run the report I get a double entry. I’ve tried tinkering with the Entity info and /or the report generator, but for the life of me I can not get it to stop counting the object twice (two distinct line items) One seems to be what I labeled the object when I created it and the other when I saved the file to my library. If I try to delete the label in the Entity Info. It doesn’t seem to take and it still counts it. And I can’t eliminate the file name. I’m sure it’s some simple toggle or step I’m missing, but anyone have any ideas. Thank you for your help

It would help if you upload the .skp file so we can see what you’ve got and how it is set up.

FWIW, you needed SketchUp Pro anyway because you are using it commercially.

I am Don Crochet and have used SU in the past many, many, many, years ago. I’ve decided at age 80 that I should get back into using it, however, I am surprised to know how much I have forgotten (or perhaps never learned) when I did use it. I don’t expect to become an expert but I need something to stimulate my brain, and this program is doing just that.
During my career in facilities maintenance I used 2D Auto Cad but always had the need and desire to learn 3D. I intend to use SU to design small wood framed projects. I have viewed many of the tutorials and have found them to be quite helpful and informative. I am a beginner and will bug you experts with questions,
Wish me luck.


Welcome, Don! @dcrochet7

Thanks for the advice . This file only has one item in it. But if i run that “Generate Report” function , it shows up as two different line items.

BBF Ped.skp (278 KB)

What is your industry and profession?: Retired UN applied ecologist
Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?: Designing a remodel for our “forever home”
Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it: I need to submit plans for a city permit; The precision and power to create is amazing.
How proficient are you in SketchUp?: Beginner
Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp? No
What is your current set up? iMac latest version

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Hello Everyone

My name is Ant and I joined here about a year or so ago.
Anyway I have always been involved with landscaping, (since 8 years old) I am now 43, and what began as soft landscaping for the family business, evolved into hard landscaping in 1998 onwards. I have little experience with designing and only following site plans already drawn up. I have carried out a few basic designs using pen and paper and then finally switched to Sketchup around a year or so ago, which I am finding perfect. I am still a beginner though and will no doubt learn a lot from these forums. I am now beginning to come off the tools and spend most of my time doing the paperwork side of it and the designs, which I admittedly need to get better at.

I have lots of questions, so will post in other threads.

Nice to virtually meet you all. :smiley:


Hi, Mike from BC, Canada.

I’ve been using SketchUp for years for lots of designs from woodworking projects to 164 acre property layouts and everything in between. I get by but don’t use the system anywhere near its potential.

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Good Day Folks.
The name is Kevin and the Chosen name is The Steward. I’ve signed up for Sketchup as a total beginner and intent on designing a variety of alternative structures from primary dwellings to sheds, greenhouse, and sauna. I work as a practicing “Holistic Health Coach” and am studied and lightly practiced in Alternative Agriculture. I’m in the midst of developing a Homestead on 5 acres of land in Western Massachusetts. When not on Sketchup Singing, Dancing, Forest Explorations, and playing some instruments are all a part of the day. Look forward to satisfying and efficient design work here on Sketchup.

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Dave I was in Graphics designI use this in Furniture design an deconstruction. I have used the free version I am a beginner. I down to say that I do currently love the software when I can get on. Which is very difficult for since I am 77yrs old.However I do have 8 yrs with apple as a Trainer.

  • Who are you? Sketchup Client team developer.

  • What is your industry and profession? Software Development - C++, Obj-C, Javascript, C#

  • Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally? Write code to fix bugs add features to SketchUp Pro

  • Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? I now use it to mock up house remodeling ideas.

  • How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner - still going through the tutorials.

  • Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp? NO

  • What is your current set up? Mac OS with latest code for SketchUp Pro

  • Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us? Not yet.

  • Anything else you would like to tell us? Looking forward to hearing from other perspectives on how SketchUp is used.

  • Do you enjoy long walks on the beach…? Not much of a beach person. Rather hit the trails on my Specialized Stump Jumper.

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My name is Roger and I live in the UK.

I am experiencing a very steep (not to say sheer) learning this very impressive application.

Welcome Roger.

Start here: Getting Started with SketchUp for Web | SketchUp Help

And feel free to ask questions in the SketchUp Free category when you have them. Sharing your model files helps us help you, too.

Many thanks. Very useful.

The icons it describes on the right side of the SketchUp for Web interface differ from the icons I get. For example, the bottom one is Solid Inspector but it is not mentioned in description.

Solid Inspector is a relatively recent addition. The materials probably haven’t caught up with it yet.

Hi, I’m Sylvain from France,
I’m an amateur, dawing different kind of pieces to be 3D printed.
I’m not really beginner, I use Sketchup for few years now.
No models in 3DW… Maybe one day.


Who are you: My name is Matt Petrowsky

What is your industry and profession? I’m a database/software developer

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally? I use SketchUp personally. I’m using it to build my own custom home.

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? I like using SketchUp because it’s easy to learn compared to other CAD software.

How proficient are you in SketchUp? Intermediate

What is your current set up? Mac OS running 2021 with a Radeon VII.

Hi there SketchUp community. I’ve only been using SketchUp seriously for the past year and I’ve taken on an ambitious project. I’m designing (so far) my own ICF home and I’m finding out I need to collaborate with other professionals to make this project succeed in a better way. I’ve decided to start a YouTube channel to document pretty much anything and everything I learn while using SketchUp. I’ve been doing this (creating videos) normally for my regular job since 2003.

I’m hoping I can find professionals who might like to help contribute or collaborate on my project - either on camera or off. What I can offer is either exposure through the videos I create or teach you how to do what I do when it comes to creating videos for YouTube. You can take a peek at my proposal video here.

Hopefully, some people will be interested enough so I can learn about the areas I’m not yet experienced at with architecture, design, engineering and other aspects of using SketchUp to build a custom home (ICF at that).


-You can just call me Switch, just some random girl.
-I’m a student in high school
-Using it for personal projects but I aspire to use it more professionally when I actually enroll into an architecture school/course in future
-I use sketchup as a starting point for digital rendering. I like the fact that sketchup is suitable for 3d modelling. It’s generally simple to navigate and the plug ins and extensions offer greater flexibility for the type of structures that can be created.
-3D Basecamp? Never even knew this existed until now :eyes:
-Simultaneously using SketchUp Free and Make 2017
-Other stuff I’d like to say:

  1. I started using sketchup to kill my boredom when I was diagnosed with covid and quarantined in my room
  2. I’m currently trying to model a train station that’s been recurring several times in my dreams now… some really bizarre events have been occuring there… like the Escalator of Doom for instance…
    -Favorite emoji: :sparkles:
    -Long walks on the beach? Sure.

Who are you? Jonah from Vancouver BC

What is your industry and profession? I work for a heavy timber construction company but manly design and build natural and adventure playgrounds myself.

Personally/professionally? Definitely for work.

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? I started using SketchUp when I realized that my employer wasn’t going to pay for CADwork. My favorite thing about Skechup is being able to use one program for all design work, layout, total station, 2d shop drawings,

How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced? I like to think as myself as a beginner so I have lots of room for improvement.

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp Nope, but thinking I should go in 2022 as it in my backyard.

What is your current set up? Nothing special, 8Gb ram and some sort of integrated video.

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us? Probably not with the NDA.

What is your favorite Emoji? Don’t have one.

Do you enjoy long walks on The beach? Oh yes!